Many fans questioned manager Rafa Benitez's decision to start him ahead of Dwight Gayle, who has scored three goals in his last five games.
The manager believes that if the team repeat that level of performance then "we will have a couple of games where we get better results".
Arsenal haven't gotten a win in the Premier League since the end of November either, but they can start getting their form turned around and add to Newcastle's misery with an emphatic victory here on Saturday.
The defeat, which was courtesy of a stunning Mesut Ozil volley, leaves Newcastle in the relegation zone and the prospect of Championship football next season could be a real possibility.
"I think we reacted really well..."
Newcastle United players cancel Christmas after poor run
"We need to be competitive like today and keep going".
"Obviously, Arsenal away is always a tough game but we've a few fixtures coming up now where we need to make sure we use the same attitude and the same commitment against teams that we can pick up points against". "We had plenty of chances".
"They want to give a very clear message that they care and they want to do things right so they have chose to cancel their Christmas party", the former Liverpool boss told reporters.
"We were signing players for 200,000 Euros, some of them, and some of the top sides were playing £5million for players of the same age".
"Our situation is that we did so well for a while (early in the season) that everybody was expecting that we could be in the top ten, but we knew that this team, coming back from the Championship previous year and doing the things that we did (ED: and didn't do...) in the summer, had to be near the bottom of the table". We have to learn quickly and make sure we take our chances when we get them.
Possession was Arsenal 71% Newcastle 29%.
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